Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Chevrolet | posted May 09, 2016 08:33
Chevrolet Traiblazer gets facelift, new standard features for 2017
Closely following the world debut of the updated Colorado, Chevrolet also unveiled the refreshed 2017 Trailblazer in Brazil. It now bears a more chiseled front end, new suspension components, improved chassis and new standard amenities like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MyLink 2.
Like the pickup from which it is based off, the updated pickup-platform vehicle (PPV) takes styling cues from the Trailblazer Premier Concept. It gets a larger dual-port grill, new sleek headlights with daytime running lights (DRLs) and a redesigned front bumper with integrated foglights.
LTZ models are fitted with new 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, along with revised stepboards which make for easier ingress and egress. The rear relatively carries over from the pre-updated model except for some minor tweaks on the taillights and bumper.
In terms of size, the 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer measures 4.8 meters long, 1.90 meters wide and 2.85 meters tall.
Inside, Chevrolet claims the PPV now has soft-touch plastic trim and gets the same instrument panel and door trim as the 2017 Colorado with better ergonomics. The updated instrument display now features a new multi-information display, digital speedometer, maintenance intervals and oil life cycle.
Also making its way in the updated PPV is the heavily revised center console. As previously stated, it houses Chevrolet’s second generation infotainment system MyLink2. It now supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a new high resolution touchscreen. Chevrolet also says it has improved smartphone integration, voice command and GPS navigation.
Other new amenities available in top-of-the-range LTZ models include: automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, electro-chromatic rearview mirror, reverse camera with guidelines, front parking sensors, remote control function for the engine and power windows, automatic climate control and power adjustable driver’s seat.
Available engines for the 2017 Trailblazer include the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel and a 3.6-liter gasoline V6. According to Chevrolet, the latter still produces 200 PS, while the bigger six-cylinder motor now puts out 279 PS and benefits from the brand’s Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI). Transmission options were not detailed however. Still helping the 2017 Trailblazer stay mobile include Hill-start assist (HSA) and Hill-descent control (HDC). Meanwhile, keeping the Trailblazer stable are the traction control (TC) and electronic stability program (ESP).
The automaker did not go into detail but they did say it will have better drivability and improved Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH) deadening. In addition, it will be getting improvements in the brakes and suspension department as well.
A plethora of driver aids will also be available for the updated PPV via the Security Package. It kits out the Trailblazer with several new features like: blind spot warning, lane departure warning and front collision warning. It also comes with front, side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX anchors for child seats and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD).